The overall question is have you gotten your 5 second peak power PR at the sprint finish of a race? Am I the oddball or is the norm to not hit that PR at the end of a race?
I was doing deeper analysis of my races and assessing my 5-15 second power at the sprint finish of a race, and don’t come close to what I see either earlier in a race or in training. I consider myself a sprinter for sure, as I can come across the finish line with (sometimes in front of, but not that often) the Cat 1 women in my field.
My highest 5 second power was this Monday in the middle of an outdoor training ride at 1009 watts. The highest I’ve seen in a race is 922 watts (sprinting for a $200 cash prime) the weekend before. Also, the highest I’ve seen in a sprint finish is 782 watts at the end of a 1 hour crit during that same weekend. I understand that you’ll be more fatigued at the end of a race, but the excitement makes me feel like others probably come much closer or hit their PR at the end of a race sprinting for a podium position or something else awesome.
So do you consider yourself a sprinter? What’s your 5-second power PR and how does it compare to what you see at the sprint finish of a race?